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by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Swedish Hard Rock band Casablanca, which features former Alice Cooper/Electric Angels guitarist Ryan Roxie as well as members of bands like Sahara Hotnights and Melody Club, has a new album out, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — What does an established act releasing a self-titled album suggest? The usual policy in the music industry is that the self-titled album is a debut one, therefore an introduction of an artist or a band to the audience. Among the older acts, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — As the 1980s came to a close, Los Angeles-based Heavy Metal band Bitch thought it was time for a change. Bitch was one of the earliest bands signed to the Metal Blade label, but was struggling to reach the kind of wider audiences that the Hollywood [...]
by Jonna Ambur – Sr. Photojournalist — When you mention “old school” Metal, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest come to mind. As Darkness Dies has earned the privilege to be added to that list. Formerly known as Graven Image, As Darkness Dies (ADD) has been on the regional scene [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — A British Hard Rock band with a soft spot for a sound that’s the American heritage rather than their own – this may raise a few eyebrows at the both sides of the pond. However, the incorporation of Country and Blues influences may become [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Third time and charmed Canadian rockers Diemonds return with their third album Never Wanna Die via Napalm Records. Fronted by the sultry Priya Panda, this female-fronted band offers fans hard rockin’, skull-crushing tunes that maintain a metallic edge and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Phosphene may not be a familiar name (or word) to many, but this Chicago-based 4 piece is trying to make it a household term. The modern rockers have part of the Vans Warped Tour and SXSW, and according to Wikipedia their name means “…a phenomenon [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Thirteen brand-new tracks straight out of Motörhead’s crucible of frenzy may not deviate from the familiar recipe, but they do hit the spot with the hallmark nonchalance of the most brazen band on earth. The media’s applause to their previous [...]
On the 18th of April, at the studio of Radio Katowice, the hard rock band Kruk played a very special concert. With the auditorium packed tight, the band performed a two-hour-plus set, which included their greatest hits as well as a couple of interesting surprises, such as Black Sabbath’s [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Some bands have invented Classic Rock, some took decades to become classic, but George Lynch managed to latch on to the formula right off the bat — ever since his first release in 1983 with Dokken. The space-rocking riffs straight out of the Led [...]
by Steve Patrick – Senior Columnist — Live albums rarely carry the weight and impact that they once did. Nowadays it seems that a live album is only produced and distributed as a way to tide fans over in between studio recordings. However, every once and a while a live album will come [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Guitar virtuoso George Lynch is back for the attack with another new project, which provides the musical support for his upcoming documentary on the plight of modern Native American Indians. The documentary, titled Shadow Nation, partially lends its name to [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — With Michael Bormann’s new solo material being finally finished, recorded and released, one could have treated his last year’s “best of ballads” compilation Love Is Magic as a postscriptum – or a rundown – to a finished chapter. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Originally released in 1991, Second Coming is the – you guessed it – second album from Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, made a major splash with their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish glam metal band Shotgun Messiah made their debut in 1989 with this self-titled release. The band, which was more or less Sweden’s answer to the Hollywood hair metal scene, was originally known as Kingpin and featured vocalist Zinny Zan [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish melodic/glam/sleaze/party (take your pick) rockers Santa Cruz are back with a new album, their third overall. It’s a self-titled release, which typically means a band is: a) redefining their sound or b) going back to their roots after an [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — To age gracefully is to embrace both the past and the future, and this rule – as it turns out – applies to the music bands as well. Every concert attendee knows the pain of going through a set list of band’s newly recorded songs which [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Screaming out of Hollywood is a new Rock band called Beat the Drag. Their debut full-length, What’s Your Damage, is chock-a-block full of snarky lyrics, biting social commentary, tales of drunken abandon, and good ol’ fashioned tainted love and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Originally released in 1988, What Do You Know About Rock ‘n Roll? was the second album from Minneapolis-based glam metal band Slave Raider. The term “cult classic” gets tossed around pretty freely, but in Slave Raider’s case it [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Veteran British hard-rockers Thunder have released their 10th studio album after a six year hiatus – and Wonder Days is indeed a wonder, proving that this decades old band hasn’t lost a step. A gritty yet reflective album, Wonder Days is a [...]
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